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Counting Down to Chinese New Year 迎春接兔过新年

In Penang, we have a saying - okay, not yet, but I'm starting it today - When one festival ends, another begins.

With Thaipusam over and all the smashed coconuts cleaned off the streets, the island has turned a flashy red.  Chinese New Year is just around the corner!
Mandarin oranges, red lanterns, lion dances, dragon dances, firecrackers, jolly shandy & tiger beer, sweet pineapple tarts, crunchy love letters, spring couplets and all things auspicious. You can close your eyes to escape the glitter, but don't try plugging your ears - you'll just look silly and besides, you can't avoid the blaring and thumping Chinese New Year songs in every shop.  It's the most in-your-face holiday of the year!
It’s a time when most overseas & outstation Penangites return home for their annual reunion dinner. We moved back to Penang last year just in time for Chinese New Year, so it also marks our homecoming anniversary. To kick start the spirit of this Spring Festival, I have redressed Capturing Penang with a little festive look for all our wonderful blog friends & readers.

Are you ready for a boisterous Chinese New Year?
A Chinese New Year Lion - inspired from a craft site and requested by my youngest sister. 

9 comments:

ilene said...

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO YOU!

Oh how I miss Penang so much!

Christina Schweighofer said...

The contrast between the fresh red of the lampions and the faded colors of the shophouses is perfect for a New Year's Celebration.

debi said...

I love the colors and the festivity! Can't wait to see more pics of the celebration.

MayaKirana said...

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai Reese and Mark! Love your creative ideas...really do. The dragon reminds me of that skinny dragon in MULAN. Come on over to our place if you can. ;-)

Chuang said...

You are SOOOO right about the CNY songs - "pi li pa la pa la pa" is annoyingly stuck in my head!

Reese said...

Hi Krista - Gong Xi Fa Cai to you & Nic too! Aha, you're right about the dragon in Mulan. The only difference is this one is on a heavier side. Thanks for inviting us to your place. Would love too but we are still stuck in George Town.

Reese said...

Chuang - what about composing a brand CNY song to save us from the "pi li pa la" beats? You can do it!

Chuang said...

You are SOOOO right about the CNY songs - "pi li pa la pa la pa" is annoyingly stuck in my head!

ilene said...

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO YOU!

Oh how I miss Penang so much!